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Vermont Bulk Transmission Land Access(3-VT)

In Vermont, a bulk transmission developer may need to obtain a Utility Right-of-Way from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources if the proposed project will be located in, on, or above state owned real property. A developer may also need a Highway Right-of-Way Permit from the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

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Vermont Federal

State Land Right of Way Agency: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
State Land Right of Way Process: A developer may need to obtain a Utility Right-of-Way from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) before constructing utility lines within or near a state land right-of-way. Agency of Natural Resources Policy: Use of State Lands.
State Highway Right of Way Agency: Vermont Agency of Transportation
State Highway Right of Way Process: A developer must obtain a Highway Right-of-Way Permit from the Vermont Agency of Transportation prior to initiating construction of a project, if any portion of the project, including roads, power lines, or pipelines, will cross over or occupy any party of a state highway right-of-way or adjacent property affecting the drainage of a state highway right-of-way. 19 V.S.A. § 1(20).
Eminent Domain: An electric company may only take land necessary for construction of transmission lines by eminent domain with the approval of the Vermont Public Utility Commission. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 30, § 248(a)(2)(B).

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